"Nina of the Woods" is a meditative new take on the thriller genre, exploring themes of memory, perception and the malleable nature of reality
It follows the story of aspiring actress, Nina Noon, after she agrees to lend her “local authenticity” to a supernatural reality TV show filming an episode about the haunted forest near the tiny town she left as a young child. She and the documentary crew follow an enigmatic guide deep into the labyrinthine wilderness, where they seem to encounter an ancient, hypnotic force that locks the team under a subtle spell.
COMMENTS FROM THE DIRECTOR
Much of what we see in movies and television is presented in a simplified story form, with a formulaic narrative structure. While this can be satisfying, it can also cause us to see our world as simple and restricted. With enough exposure, I believe our ability to perceive reality becomes as limited as the stories we see about it.
Yet there is much more to our lives than these portrayals would have us believe. What of the more elusive and nearly undefinable experiences that we’ve all encountered but seem to lack means to express?
For the viewers of “Nina of the Woods” I hope to provide an entry point into a more expansive story experience, by subtly breaking formula and combining representational and abstract elements within the visuals, sound and - most importantly - within the narrative structure itself.
I hope that such a viewing experience opens the audience to a deeper level of reflection about the themes presented and their experience of the world.